Nearly a year has passed since rapper/singer Natina Reed, one third of the late 90s R&B group Blaque, was killed in a fatal road-side accident, and now the surviving members of the once hit group are poising a comeback, with a new single and upcoming album in celebration of her life.
Shamari DeVoe, 33, and Brandi Williams, 30, have released "Summertime Ridin'," the group's first single in over a decade, and the lead single off the group's official follow-up to their 1999 self-titled album.
"I know this summer has passed and we’re going into the fall, but it’s still summer wherever we are," shared Williams to YouKnowIGotSoul.com. "We always just want to show that it’s sunshine, it’s bright, it’s happy time and it’s all of that when you see Blaque. I just think it’s that type of song. It’s a feel good record, so hopefully the fans will love it.”
Once trendsetters in their own right---probably attributed to the creative guidance of their late mentor Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes of TLC---"Summmertime Ridin'" falls short of the magic that made the group a hit in the late 90s and early 2000s. While the ladies would fare better producing R&B music with crossover potential (i.e their debut single "808"), the tune sounds like a desparate attempt to capture the younger (read: fickle) Bandz-A-Make-Her-Dance loving audience, and they are better than that.
The yet-titled album doesn't have an official release date, but will be dedicated to the memory of Reed, who was was struck by a car while crossing the street in Lawrenceville, Georgia, just days shy of her 33rd birthday in 2012.
(Photo: Instagram via ShamariDeVoe)